Definition of Tungus in English:

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Tungus

Pronunciation: /ˈto͝oNGˈɡo͝oz/ /tən-/

noun (plural same)

1A member of the northern Evenki people of Siberia.
Example sentences
  • The shaman - chief of the Tungus people - closed off the region, regarding it as ‘enchanted.’
  • When a Tungus shaman, held captive by Matula, is murdered, blame immediately falls on the newcomer.
1.1 older term for Evenki (the language).

Origin

Russian, from a Turkic language.

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Syllabification: Tun·gus

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